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The estate

Situated in 34 hectares of parkland and woodland, the estate was originally laid out to impress visitors by stimulating their senses. It once contained a series of impressive garden features, including an atmospheric shell grotto, an elegant summerhouse, water gardens with water cascades combined with quieter, reflective pools, and a beautiful walled flower garden.

A recent conservation project has resulted in the restoration of a number of these historic features: the ha-ha has been repaired, the flower garden wall rebuilt, a new community garden has been created, and the historic glasshouse is now repaired and in use as a catering space.

Today, Newhailes Estate is still as impressive as it was 300 years ago. It continues to offer unspoilt views across the River Forth, and there are several footpaths leading around the estate for all to enjoy. Enjoy a peaceful stroll through the woodland and listen out for all the different birdsong. It’s home to a wide range of Scottish wildlife, with over 60 species of bird found here. These include blue, great and coal tits; chaffinches; bullfinches; chiffchaffs; and nuthatches. We’re also lucky to have a pair of barn owls, woodpeckers and bats.

Trees and flowers

Our beautiful evergreen oaks were the first to be planted in Scotland, many, many years ago. We’re lucky to have many types of trees and foliage to bask in.

Our flower garden is currently being restored, and wildflowers are abundant within the estate.

Farmers and fields

Our fields have been historically farmed and grazed for many years. The fields are currently being used to grow barley with wide borders of wildflowers, creating an environment in which wildlife can flourish.

Apiary

We have a small apiary, which is nestled in a quiet space. The new wildflower borders around our fields will create a superb food source for these amazing bees. We also run educational visits for children and adults, inspiring new generations.